Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Humans are creatures of habit and it is easy to fall into comfortable patterns of work and life. We do our daily jobs, be it a shift, part- or full-time hours, gig work, and so on. We get used to the routine, and it becomes easy to repeat it day after day. This is what we can call a comfort zone. Staying within our comfort zone is stress-free, as the routine becomes second nature and we become familiar with what it entails. But it’s time to get uncomfortable: turns out that leaving your comfort zone can boost your opportunities and chances of success! To begin with, there is a big difference between pushing past your comfort zone and throwing yourself into the deep end. Being too uncomfortable can be harmful, reducing your productivity and happiness. However, complacency has its own set of risks. According to Forbes [1], staying too comfortable can cause us to doubt our own value and creates a sense of security in our current positions that sometimes turns out to be false. Here are more benefits of getting out of your comfort zone:

  • A healthy amount of increased stress can improve your productivity.

  • You draw good attention to yourself which can open up opportunities for advancement and growth.

  • Leaving your comfort zone gives you access to opportunities and experiences you might otherwise never have.

  • You will develop important skills for adapting to change.

So without further ado, let’s talk about how to get outside of your comfort zone.